After an arduous, 60-minute commute home (what is normally 20) and a 15-mile commute to Niles, IL, I end up at REI for a Backpacking 101. Scott was the speaker tonight and he was VERY informative. I definitely learned a lot. I was thinking I would have to probe the depths of Jeff’s brain on a marathon phone session, but Scott proved to be knowledgeable enough and not too sales-y. I ended up buying a sleeping bag to go with the tent I got a few weeks ago. Just a few more things and I will be all ready. I am considering Kettle Morraine North Park in Wisconsin, about 2-1/2 hours north, for my first trip maybe at the beginning of June if I can swing it. Something quick, maybe a two-nighter.